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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by psykobilly, Jan 23, 2020.
People get rid of telecasters?
Alas, sadly gone..
Just done a set up so here she is
I too am one that wishes he still had his first Telecaster. I had bought the guitar around 1987. It was a 1968 model and I gave around $400.00 for it. Nothing special just a plain Telecaster that had been refinished somewhat poorly. It took me a while to get used to it as the only other electric guitar I had was my old Epiphone Casino. But after I got used to it I loved it. I sold it a few years later and bought a Strat, my first of that model. Sure wished I would've kept that Telecaster.
Yep, still got my first Tele, almost 2 months old now...
Not only my first Tele, but my first Fender... My 1996 Fender Standard Telecaster:
Note how the original "Toploader" Bridge was modified to the "String-Thru" design:
These were supposedly made with poplar bodies with maple veneers, but check out the unique woodgrain pattern on the front and back:
It looks even more spectacular in person. Very deep and three dimensional, almost like a hologram.
I have to admit that this was what caught my fancy when I first discovered it, and if it weren't for the fact that the seams from the three-piece body can be seen under the veneer, I could have easily assumed that it was a select one-piece body!
Here's how it looks today:
Bill Lawrence L202TN Noiseless neck pickup
Fender SCN Noiseless bridge pickup (Bill Lawrence designed)
Roland GK-2 Midi Synthesizer pickup
American Standard String-Thru bridge
Custom homemade pickguard using a real Beatles album cover
The reason I changed to the American Standard bridge has to do with the Fender SCN bridge pickup, which clashes with the ferrous properties of the original bridge (i.e. a magnet sticks to it). This caused a screeching feeback at higher gain levels. Bill Lawrence (RIP) discussed the physics behind this phenomenon on his website, but, in short, the solution to avoiding the feedback is using a non-ferrous bridge to alleviate that problem, which is what the American Standard is...